Data Gatherer Turned Drug Developer 23andMe Raises $79.1M, Wants More

Xconomy San Francisco — 

23andMe, the data gatherer turned drug developer, appears to be raising $150 million of new funding, according to a document filed July 2 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company has sold $79.1 million in the offering so far, according to the document, which shows at least part of the funding was for Series E preferred stock. A spokesman said the company does not comment on financing until the round is complete.

The Mountain View, CA-based company hired Richard Scheller, formerly Genentech’s top researcher, in March to lead the way into drug development. Xconomy Biotech Editor Alex Lash spoke with 23andMe president Andy Page after Scheller’s hire about the move, as well as the company’s other work.